Those familiar with TV/movie cars know the name George Barris. In addition to starting the Kustom Kulture movement, he created the original Batmobile. The latter just set the record for the most expensive TV/movie car ever at auction, crossing the block at $4.62 million.
“Gad-zooks, Batman- that’s a lot of cheese!” …Indeed, Robin. Indeed.
The Batmobile did not always serve as chariot for the caped crusader, much like Adam West was not always the voice of the mayor in Family Guy. The car was originally the 1955 Lincoln Future concept. It came with a 390 cubic inch V8 out of a Ford Galaxie, sent to the rear wheels through an automatic transmission.
What? You want features? How about a nose-mounted cable-cutter? There’s also the Bat Ray projector, an anti-theft device, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Police Band Cut-In, Automatic tire inflation, Batphone, and a plethora of other gadgets. It also had a set of parachutes that allowed it to execute a “bat-turn.” The CTS-V has nothing on this:
The Batmobile crossed the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for the sum of $4,620,000. That should be enough to make Bruce Wayne spit out his coffee– whether he was drinking any or not!
The Batmobile surpasses the the previous top-selling TV/movie car, the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond flick “Goldfiger.” That car fetched $4,608,500, meaning that the Batmobile sold for $11,500 more than the previously most expensive TV/movie car. As we speak Barrett-Jackson is working with the Guinness Book of World Records to update that fact.